Category: Insects

Happy Independence Day from A1

You're Not The Only One Celebrating! Mice and other pests don't take breaks on holiday's. If you need HELP with pest issues call any one of our many offices. Quick Tip: If you know where mice are breaking in, wad up some foil and firmly jam it in the hole. We don't know if mice don't like the... more
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Wasp and hornet stings

Wasp and hornet stings are a serious threat to public health. Allergic reactions to these venomous insects account for about 225,000 emergency room visits and as many as 100 deaths per year in the U.S. (a mortality rate that may be under-reported due to deaths mistakenly attributed to heart attacks... more
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Bed Bugs! The little invaders!

Bedbugs are small, reddish-brown parasitic insects that bite the exposed skin of sleeping humans and animals to feed on their blood. Although bedbugs aren't known to spread disease, they can cause other public health and economic issues. About the size of an apple seed, bedbugs hide in the... more
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Lyme disease begins in up to 60 to 80% of patients

Lyme disease begins in up to 60 to 80% of patients as a slowly expanding reddish rash known as “erythema migrans”, typically 3 to 32 days after the bite of an infectious tick. This rash, which may not be apparent on dark-skinned people, usually begins at the location where the tick attached... more
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Preventing Bee Stings

Here are some general tips on avoiding insect stings; Don’t swat at flying insects. If they land on you, gently brush them off, and then walk away. Observe the flight pattern of the insects to determine their nest site, and then avoid it. Avoid floral perfumes, lotions and hair... more
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Bees are fuzzy

Bees are fuzzy, flying insects with yellow and black stripes. There are two common types of bees: honey bees and bumble bees. Bees are beneficial to humans because they pollinate plants, whereas wasps and hornets help out by eating other insects. However, all three can be hazardous. Stings can... more
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Carpenter ants get their name from their nest building

Carpenter ants get their name from their nest building, where they will excavate the wood and form smooth tunnels inside of the wood. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they only tunnel and chew through wood to create nests. The western black carpenter ant colony, when mature, contains about... more
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Ticks cannot jump or fly

Ticks cannot jump or fly, but often climb grasses and shrubs in order to come in contact with people or animals walking by so they can attach themselves and feed on blood. Ticks have the potential to transmit diseases such as Lyme disease. Most tick-borne diseases require the tick to be attached... more
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Handling a bee or wasp sting

Some bees leave stingers, and others don't. The first step is to remove any stinger that may be left in the skin as its continuing to pump venom. Next, follow these steps. Use soap and water to wash the affected bee or wasp sting area. Much of the bee or wasp venom is sitting on the... more
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Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

Bedbug infestations usually occur around or near where people sleep. They hide in the cracks and crevices of: Mattresses Box springs Bed frame Headboards Objects or clutter near beds They can also be found: Under peeling paint and loose wallpaper Under carpeting near... more
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